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March 12, 2019

A few tips, collected over the last 15 years on running the Boston Marathon

The 2018 race guide is posted here

PRE-RACE

The Expo

The expo is big. This year's expo is in the usual location the John B. Hynes Convention Centre , 900 Boylston. It's just up the street from the finish line and can be reached by subway on the Green line from Hynes or Copley Stat...

February 7, 2019

Running outside in Ottawa in the winter can have it’s challenges and traction is definitely one of them. Here are some recommendations based on personal experience.

Regular Yaktrax and Yaktrax Pro

Don’t buy them! They don’t work that well on ice and they make running on clear pavement more slippery. The regular ones (without the toe strap) also fall off when runn...

November 29, 2018

Looking for a great way to cross train this winter?  Try snowshoe running.

Here is what you need to know to get  started:

  1. There is a difference between Run Snowshoes and regular snowshoes. The binding system on run snowshoes is designed for the twisting and turning of running and the snowshoes are  both smaller and lighter. If you can find somewhere to rent o...

October 30, 2017

This was the first year for the Marathon du P’tit Train du Nord. They had a marathon and a half marathon distance both of which had relatively small field caps, 1200 for the marathon and 800 for the half. The races sold out very quickly.

Both races are run completely on the P’tit train du Nord, a multi-use stone dust/paved trail which was once a railway line. Th...

July 20, 2017

The 10-minute workout: Pick 4 exercises and do 3 sets of each: 20 seconds on/ 20 seconds off.  Then do 3 sets of back extensions. Make sure you include each muscle set ( Lower Abdomnials, Obliques, and Upper Abdominals) at least once.

For all:

  • Go slow and steady

  • Stuck in your gut. (tighten up the muscles like you are trying to pull your belly button in)

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April 28, 2017

With 27 runners in the Marathon, 12 in the 5K and some friends and family we had quite the troop in Boston this year.

Race weekend officially started with the 5K on Saturday morning. The start time was moved to 9:30 this year which allowed everyone to get a little more sleep. Ian Govan took his traditional spot volunteering as a T-shirt guy. The rest of the non-...

February 28, 2017

The 2017 World Snowshoe Championships were held in Saranac Lake New York. I have been snowshoe running for a few years at Mad Trapper events but this was my first really big Snowshoe Running event. There were more people registered in my age group than I usually see in a whole race!

The race was originally supposed to start in downtown Saranac Lake right in fron...

November 24, 2016

Thinking of running outdoors this winter? Here is some basic advice to help you stay as warm and comfortable as possible.

What to wear?

  • Layers, layers, layers… several thin layers are better than one thick one.

  • NO COTTON – cotton clothing absorbs sweat so you get cold and damp from the inside out. High tech synthetic and merino wool run clothing will abs...

November 8, 2016

The short version:

A well run event on a scenic course and we had great weather. This course has the potential to be a PB run but you need to train specifically for the downhill section.

The long version:

I took the train from Ottawa to Toronto which was GREAT! Relatively cheap, totally low stress and no slower than driving. There is a GO Bus from Toronto to Hamil...

November 4, 2016

The short version:

Good event, great destination, not an easy course but I needed a BQ and I got it.

The long version:

The finish line for the Quebec City Marathon is less than a kilometer from the train station in old Quebec so we decided to leave the car behind and take the train. We booked early so the tickets were pretty reasonable just over $200 return for tw...

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